BMI is licensing the public performance of the 4.5 million songs it represents to San Francisco and Tokyo-based Ecast Inc.

NEW YORK--BMI is licensing the public performance of the 4.5 million songs it represents to San Francisco and Tokyo-based Ecast Inc.

Ecast's broadband network delivers music to consumers at bars, restaurants, hotels and cafe via pay-per-use broadband-connected digital jukeboxes. Usage is reported, enabling accurate compensation to publishers and writers.

"Licensing through BMI gives us the right to play millions of songs from 300,000 copyright owners," says Lisa Tiver, vice president of rights and licensing at Ecast.

Tom Annastas, vice president of general licensing at BMI, says licensing the BMI repertoire to Ecast will assure that songwriters are compensated when their music is played on digital jukeboxes.

"Ecast's proprietary technology will bring a higher level of copyright compliance to the jukebox industry and reduce the administrative burden for Ecast, operators, venue owners, and BMI," says Annastas.